Saturday, October 15, 2011

Felt Leaves Tut

You remember the fun leaf garland that I made a few weeks back?
Of course you do. The only thing you think about or want to do all day is read my posts, so of course you'll remember! Well today I'm going to post a tut on how you can make some for yourself. You're so lucky!

To start off, pick some colors of felt that you feel will represent your theme and personality well. I went with some standard colors for fall, but if you like hot pink and neon orange, go for it! I found my sheets of felt at Hobby Lobby for about 20cents each. Score!

{I love the sparkly ones the best!}

I then found some templates for leaves on the internet and printed them off onto some card stock. Cut these out and lay them out on your sheet of felt.

Trace around your leaves with a marker to make the form of the leaf.

I am kind of anal about using up all the space, so I tried to fit as many leaves onto the felt as I could. If your leaves are bigger, you will likely use up more felt.
At this point you can draw on the leaves some stems and other lines to make them look more real. Or you can just leave them blank, it's just a personal choice. I liked the look with the veins so I drew them in with a sharpie. {The original plan was to use some embroidery floss and stitch the veins on. Then I realized how long that would take, became super lazy, super cool and just used the sharpie to draw them on! Worked just as well and went faster!}

Use some super sharp scissors and cut out your leaf shapes from the felt. {How pretty!}

Next use some twine or thread and string the leaves onto it with a needle. {If the felt is too stiff, just work the needle around a little to create a bigger hole and the needle should slip right through.}
At this point you can decide whether you're going to hang your leaves individually, or make them into a fun garland.

As you're stringing the leaves on make sure to tie a little knot at the top of each one to keep them from sliding off the twine {Or down the garland if that's what you're doing} Cut the twine apart in 6 inch intervals to make your hangers for the leaves. {longer for longer falling leaves, shorter for shorter, etc etc.} And when you're done you'll have a batch of felt fall leaves that look something like this! You can mix and match your patterns and colors for the leaves and have a combination that pleases you! I did three different patters on six different colors and had lots flexibility in my arrangement.

Using a bit of tape, secure your leaves to the ceiling varying the lengths of the strings to make the leaves "fall"!

And that's it! It's such a fun fast project that I haven't stopped making leaves! I've made three garlands and tons to hang on the ceiling! {I think my husband is about fed up with felt by now!}

PS. Contact me {amber (at) Quiltedeuphoria (dot com)}with your custom quilt {tote, pillow, table runner, etc} order by November 15th, and receive 25% off your entire order! We'll get something unique and fantastic whipped up for you in no time and sent via Santa's shipping in time for that lovely holiday that is fast approaching! Hurry up! :-)


Kelli said...

I am loving those leaves! I am sooo gonna stalk you now. ;) ha Just found your blog via a new friend blog hop. I also have a crafty/quilty blog. Come by and visit me anytime @ Great to find you.. gonna follow.

Shaheen said...

I too am adoring these leaves, what a great way to bring autumn home. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

Jill said...

Great leaves - and a lovely clear tutorial!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

my2girlies said...

Hello again - I was just given the versatile blogger award and wanted to pass it on to you because I enjoy your blog and linky parties so much!!

The rules are on my page


Jill said...

Hi Amber - just wanted to let you know yours was the most voted link on the round tuit party this week so you've won the full post feature on Monday! Could you please let me know if you're happy for me to use some photos for your blog for the feature?

Look forward to hearing from you!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Felicia @ All Things Fee said...

Very cute!